Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 20

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“It’s Back” touted all the banners announcing the return of the stand-alone ASUTIL Conference in 2023, which took place last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And it certainly was back, complete with its trademark networking sessions and memorable, culturally-enhancing social activities.

After an absence of more than five years, attendees were most concerned about re-establishing connections and making new contacts, which everyone appeared to be doing.

This year, for the first time, the South American Duty Free Association received administrative assistance from TFWA to organize the popular event. TMI is delighted to attach an overview of the highlights of the welcome event, in both words and pictures. 

As ASUTIL President Gustavo Fagundes commented:

“It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome so many old friends and industry colleagues to Buenos Aires this week for the long-awaited return of the ASUTIL Conference. 

“From the presentations we heard during the event, and the conversations I’ve had with business partners, we can be confident in the future for duty free & travel retail in this region. 

“This event plays an important role in sharing experience and information between industry stakeholders, and I’m grateful to all those who attended along with our friends at TFWA for their assistance in organizing the conference. We’ll see you again next year in a new location: watch this space!”

Erik Juul-Mortensen, TFWA President, added:

 “Being here this week in the wonderful city of Buenos Aires has reminded us all how much we missed the ASUTIL Conference, and the valuable role it plays in bringing our industry together in Latin America. 

“We at TFWA have been proud to play our part in the staging of the event, and feedback suggests that our guests enjoyed both the Conference and the lively social program. We trust the return of the conference will help accelerate the growth of our industry in this important region, and hope to see many of our Latin American colleagues in Cannes for TFWA World Exhibition & Conference later this year.”